The U.S. under-20 men’s national team has brought in 26 players for a 10-day camp that began Monday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Mikey Varas
' team is training for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship, which will serve as qualification to the 2023 Under-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Almost all the players are pros. None is playing college soccer. Two players eligible for the U-20s are with the senior national team: 17-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina
and 19-year-old forward Ricardo Pepi
. The only player who is unattached is 16-year-old midfielder Kristian Fletcher
from Maryland. He is reportedly being courted by Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United.
The roster features 13 players born in 2003, 10 born in 2004 and three born in 2005 (Alaskan Obed Vargas
, Esmir Bajraktarevic
and Fletcher). U.S. Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas academy), KyMani Dade (LA Galaxy academy), Anthony Ramos (Real SC/POR). DEFENDERS (8):
Noah Allen (Inter Miami academy), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union), Mauricio Cuevas (Club NXT/BEL), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy), Michael Halliday (Orlando City), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United), Thomas Williams (Orlando City). MIDFIELDERS (9):
Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Javier Casas Jr. (Chicago Fire), Caden Clark (RB Leipzig/GER), Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls), Kristian Fletcher (Unattached), Diego Luna (El Paso Locomotive), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union), Jayvin Van Deventer (Sporting Kansas City academy), Obed Vargas (Seattle Sounders). FORWARDS (6):
Esmir Bajraktarevic (New England Revolution II), Patrick Bohui (Vejle/DEN), Brian Gutierrez (Chicago Fire), Malick Sanogo (Union Berlin/GER), Dante Sealy (PSV/NED), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union).